Book: Deadly Brew by Karen MacInerney
Format: Audio Narrated by Karen White
Rating: 3 stars
Deadly Brew by Karen MacInerney is the third novel in the Dewberry Farm Mystery series. The series centers on Lucy Resnick who gave up her career as an investigative reporter in order to purchase her Grandmother’s farm. I have read the first two novels in the series; however, I believe that this installment does work as a standalone novel.
In Deadly Brew, it is Halloween in Buttercup, Texas. The town is still recovering from a scorching summer when a drought hits. That is when Lucy’s run of bad luck begins. First, her well dries up unexpectedly. Next, Lucy discovers the house that she recently relocated to her property is haunted. Then while at a local mead winery, someone murders the owner of an exotic game ranch. When the local sheriff immediately suspects Lucy’s friend who happens to be Wiccan, Lucy is outraged. Wanting to help clear her friend, Lucy begins asking questions herself. Who murdered Bug Wharton? Why did he recently relocate to Buttercup? How did he afford to purchase the ranch? Is there a chupacabra on the loose in Buttercup? Can Lucy track down the murderer before they strike again? Will Lucy be able to clear her friend’s name in time?
I enjoyed this book. The mystery was interesting. I did figure out the murderer’s identity, but I didn’t figure it out until late in the book. Serafine Alexandre and Selena Gutierrez are nice additions to the town. They provided a very accurate representation of Wiccans without being over the top. The exotic game hunting ranch subplot was not my favorite. Of course, everything worked out in the end because it is a cozy mystery. However, I wish it had been omitted altogether.
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